Posts Tagged ‘pregnant goats’

A few weeks ago I received a call from a neighbor who owned a small herd of goats. 

The conversation went as follows:  “Mary, we have been called to do mission work.   We would like to find new owners for our goats and thought of you first… .”  Mark went on to explain that he wanted someone “who knew what they were doing” to take their girls under new wings. 

We needed no more goats.  No more animals.  But, could I say no? After talking with my loving partner, we take great strides in making these types of decisions together, we decided we could move the goats to our new barn.  We were honored to help.

Why the move to new barn? The girls are pregnant.  They are used to being with each other, not my herd.  The code of goats:  decide the pecking order upon arrival.  That simply wouldn’t be a good choice for a pregnant goat.

I’ll openly tell you what my husband said today, “The goats get to live at the new place before we do.”  He wasn’t complaining.  Neither am I.

These girls are nothing special.  If you look close enough you can see their shaggy coats (between winter and spring they tend to look scraggly).  Some of the goats are a boer mix, some resemble more of a spanish type.

But these ladies do come with a history.  They all produced kids in an embryo program.  Yes, they were recipient does for a very well known program. 

I am glad they have been retired from their prior position.  And, by the way, they were treated with dignity and care.  I visited that establishment years ago.  I was amazed by the outstanding animal treatment (frolicking kids/spoiled dams), plentiful knowledge, and beautiful animals.

So, we wait for births.  The first in the new barn.  As the girls definitely came large with kid’s in tow.

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Lucy The Boer Goat

No, there are no kid goats on the ground.  But they are definitely growing from the looks of the does. 

Lucy (in the picture above) is my smallest boer goat.  She always has one nice sized kid.  We love Lucy.  She is a dandy, a sweet girl.  A little odd she is, with long hair that drapes from her hind legs.  From the looks of her right side, she has a nice sized kid blossoming again this year.

For those of you unfamiliar with goats.  A doe shows pregnancy in her right side, the left is the rumen.  Notice the difference between the left and right side of the doe in the photo below.

Peep - Boer Doe

Some of the girls are very much wide loads.  I will attempt good pictures later this week.  Each year I think, “They did not look that wide and heavy last year!” Annie, Valentine, Oreo and Sunday all look as if they could drop triplets tomorrow.  I do not expect kids until at least March.  I could be wrong.  We had planned a very small kidding season, but the buck made the decision for us.  He paid more than one romantic visit.  He made his rounds. 

Last but not least, I have another breed of animal that is pudging out (not due to pregnancy in this case), Henrietta (the largest pig), and her un-named sister.  I estimate Henrietta’s weight at 80 lbs.  I still know very little about pigs, but I know this pair have grown very well, very quickly.

Fast Growing Piglets...Henrietta to the Left

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